Monroe City Pilot Honored By Highway Patrol

A pilot credited with finding a missing St. Louis ballerina in November of 2018 was honored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol yesterday. [Monday]

Highway Patrol Captain James Wilt presented Monroe City resident Ollie “Butch” Pennewell with the Honorary Trooper Certificate.


The award is given to citizens nominated by a trooper for performing in an exemplary manner, and under dangerous conditions, to aid another person or unselfishly give of themselves to assist troopers in the performance of their duties.

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Pennewell volunteered to fly  his plane over Mark Twain Lake in the search for Raffaella Stroik. He found her body south of the Missouri 107 Boat ramp.

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